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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-04-2014, 02:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,536
Posted By rexbanner
Yep, that's pretty much what you'll get if you do...

Yep, that's pretty much what you'll get if you do that. But I wouldn't use pale chocolate malt, it just doesn't have the SRMs to get the color right without using too much, and the roasty flavor...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-04-2014, 01:03 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,798
Posted By rexbanner
The cost savings has been debated quite a bit,...

The cost savings has been debated quite a bit, but homebrewing will save you money and you will be making beer as good as commercial examples if you play your cards right. I made it my business and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-04-2014, 12:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,536
Posted By rexbanner
Thanks! This is year 2 of the nano, have this on...

Thanks! This is year 2 of the nano, have this on tap right now. I changed the recipe for contract brewing to make it cheaper, it is a bit different tasting but still very good. Got rid of the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-01-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By rexbanner
Grain bill is solid, go ahead and use the crystal...

Grain bill is solid, go ahead and use the crystal 80 if you'd like.

Move all hop additions to either 60 or 2 min/flameout additions, and dry hops. You need at least 3 oz flameout and 3 oz dry...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-23-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,411
Posted By rexbanner
True. My Belgian single is consistently my...

True. My Belgian single is consistently my top-selling beer, though. It does well because it captures light beer drinkers, non beer drinkers, Belgian fans, and hardcore beer geeks. American IPA is...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-22-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,411
Posted By rexbanner
That's true, but I am just talking about the...

That's true, but I am just talking about the craft beer industry. Still, though, with Bud Light being $6.99 for a sixer and Torpedo at $7.50 where I live, the price-points may stop becoming such a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-21-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,411
Posted By rexbanner
Thanks. I'd go into history but I'm only 26,...

Thanks. I'd go into history but I'm only 26, it's all before my time! Beyond the Pale is on my reading list.

I am not sure if there will ever quite be something like IPA and the everlasting...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-21-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,411
Posted By rexbanner
Industry Trends

Hey, here's an article I wrote recently on the beer industry. Disclaimer: I am a recently turned pro-brewer and these are just my observations and opinions. My list of beers I have tried is pretty...
Forum: General Chit Chat 12-01-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 663
Posted By rexbanner
Earned media. Don't underestimate your local...

Earned media. Don't underestimate your local papers; a lot of people read them. I also got some great coverage in the Washington Post. Send out press releases, tweet at people, send emails, and...
Forum: General Chit Chat 12-01-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 663
Posted By rexbanner
It's an electricbrewery.com 50 amp system. Works...

It's an electricbrewery.com 50 amp system. Works like a charm. Very little radiant heat which is key in my small place.
Forum: General Chit Chat 12-01-2013, 05:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 663
Posted By rexbanner
That's true to some extent, but a lot of people...

That's true to some extent, but a lot of people will notice flaws. QC is a big deal and a knowledgable opinion is far from worthless. I practically jumped for joy when I met a yeast biochemist and...
Forum: General Chit Chat 12-01-2013, 04:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 663
Posted By rexbanner
Even better, just make friends with someone who...

Even better, just make friends with someone who really knows their ****, and have them taste your beer and give you honest feedback.
Forum: General Chit Chat 12-01-2013, 04:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 663
Posted By rexbanner
I had some numbers from a restaurant nearby, and...

I had some numbers from a restaurant nearby, and my friend's nano. That helped tremendously.



Ehh, the BJCP also judges beers for off-flavors just as much as style. You'll get valuable...
Forum: General Chit Chat 11-29-2013, 06:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 663
Posted By rexbanner
I'd rather keep questions and answers here so...

I'd rather keep questions and answers here so that others can read them. I will be happy to share details of my business plan, ask away.
Forum: General Chit Chat 11-29-2013, 03:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 663
Posted By rexbanner
How to start a successful nanobrewery

Hey everyone, four months ago I opened a nano. I've been brewing for 5 years and I am 26 years old now. I haven't been open too long but I feel pretty comfortable with the business. I still have a...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-24-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,714
Posted By rexbanner
Are you focusing mostly on keg or bottle/can...

Are you focusing mostly on keg or bottle/can sales to your distributor? What percentage of sales do you think your on-premise bar will be?

I own and operate a 1 BBL nano and I am looking to move...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-11-2013, 02:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 420
Posted By rexbanner
As someone who has used 1968 quite extensively...

As someone who has used 1968 quite extensively let me advise you: take a sanitized spoon and scoop it out of the fermenter. You will select for poor flocculation using homebrewing washing methods. ...
Forum: General Techniques 08-29-2013, 04:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,516
Posted By rexbanner
Secondary is pretty much always a waste. Take...

Secondary is pretty much always a waste. Take your fruit, put it in a paint strainer bag, and drop it in the boil for 15 seconds to sterilize the outside. Drop it in primary. Your goal is to...
Forum: Pennsylvania HomeBrew Forum 08-22-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 12,385
Posted By rexbanner
"Future Head Brewer Dennis Decker has been...

"Future Head Brewer Dennis Decker has been entering his Home Brewed beers in Homebrew Competitions to get feedback from BJCP certified beer judges."

His numerous golds, including at the NHC,...
Forum: General Techniques 08-21-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 615
Posted By rexbanner
No experience with Belgian saison but I use...

No experience with Belgian saison but I use French saison quite a bit.

1. Temperature of wort, but the two should be pretty much the same. I am not sure how people are getting big differences...
Forum: DIY Projects 07-26-2013, 04:12 AM
Replies: 516
Views: 160,035
Posted By rexbanner
This may come off as kind of mean, but since you...

This may come off as kind of mean, but since you made this thread I started and am now running a successful nano and I'm 25 years old. I did it through hard work, planning, and a willingness to...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-17-2013, 02:02 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,970
Posted By rexbanner
Do I understand this right? Just sanitize a jar...

Do I understand this right? Just sanitize a jar and dump yeast into it? That's exactly what I did as a homebrewer and pretty much exactly what I do as a pro brewer. Works fine.
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 07-15-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,060
Posted By rexbanner
Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager. It's great. ...

Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager. It's great. Rather sweet for a Vienna lager.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-12-2013, 03:36 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,970
Posted By rexbanner
Yep, during fermentation the yeast will settle at...

Yep, during fermentation the yeast will settle at different rates, certain yeast cells are more flocculant than others. That's why when you are using a conical you dump the first bit, save the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-12-2013, 01:50 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,970
Posted By rexbanner
I am wondering what the point of washing yeast is...

I am wondering what the point of washing yeast is in general since Chris White said the risks outweigh the benefits. Just leave a bit of beer at the end after racking and swirl a bunch. You will...
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